YiJing sitemap

Yi Jing, Oracle of the sun  
(by LiSe Heyboer)


Choose hexagram by number or trigrams
If you are new to this oracle-book
How to begin
The trigrams and their attributes
Structures in the I Ching
History and old Chinese stories and characters
I-Ching stories by a
creative master
Books, links and CD-roms
Yarrow and time out of time
Experiences of Tao in daily life
Images for each line of the hexagrams
Why the moon?
The primal cause of this website
Big Bang
Yi Jing and the Wings in Chinese characters
Chin. texts



& Books  &

Go to "sources links and CD-roms" (or take a look at Harmen's bookshelf!

&  NEW and very good: 'THE MANDATE OF HEAVEN, hidden history in the I Ching', by S.J.Marshall.
About old meaning of 'Yi', the Gu of hex.18, the solar eclipse of hex.55, the corpse of the army, the MingYi bird (about pheasants and meteorites, the crow eating the sun, and about Yi shooting it), the melon, the skin on the thighs, the dragon and rain. And here and there in the text other clarifications, all very well documented. I love it.


&  I have some translations of the Yi which I like especially. There are many excellent translations, but only very few I can use for divining. But THE TAO OF I CHING by Jou, Tsung Hwa works great.  Ed.:Tai Chi Foundation, distr.: Charles E. Tuttle Co. You will love it! Click here for an example page

&  Another one is YI JING by Wu Jing-Nuan, ISBN 0-8248-1362-6. Wu has a website at www.wusherbs.com  About herbs. His Yi Jing gives very nice background information. I love this one.

&  And now a third one: A Huang, THE COMPLETE I CHING. A very beautiful book, good too, traditional and yet also interesting and good to consult. ISBN 0-89281-656-2

&  Already 'old' but one of the first who began to look for original meanings in the Yi: Gregory Whincup REDISCOVERING THE I CHING. Very good. Gives reasons for the way he translates.

&  Another beauty: THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF CHANGES by Li Yan. ISBN 7-119-01990-2 (hardback, for paperback the last number is not 2 but 0) Click here for an example page

&  For the Sabian Symbols the best book is THE SABIAN SYMBOLS, a screen of prophecy, by Diana Roche. Trafford Publishing, ISBN 1-55212-217-4. Included are the original notes of Dr. Jones.

&  HOW TO USE THE I CHING by Stephen Karcher. Good! Ed. Element Books, ISBN 1-86204-134-2.

&  A good one: Bradford Hatcher made an excellent translation with concordance. This one is an absolute must if you want to know what the Chinese text really says. His translation is great. He gives very complete meanings for every character. There is a concordance too. His introduction and other texts are very well written. Get it for free at http://www.hermetica.info !!


& GSR First of all: GRAMMATA SERICA RECENSA by Bernhard Karlgren. Absolutely the top, until now I found every character I searched for, so there cannot be many not mentioned.  ISBN 957-638-269-6 I could only find it at www.bookfinder.com
Kunst (B8 below) has a concordance which gives for every character the number it has in GSR. If you cannot read any Chinese, it is still possible, with Kunst + GSR, to find the old meanings yourself! In this website referred to as 'GSR.123', the number is the entry.

& W-HY Another very good one: THE ORIGINS OF CHINESE CHARACTERS by Wang Hongyuan. Not all characters, but many very interesting ones. ISBN 7-80052-243-1 Found it at www.amazon.com

& L-W CHINESE CHARACTERS, by L.Wieger. The classic one ought to have. Very good but not as good as Karlgren. ISBN 486-21321-8 Example of a page HERE A lot of it is outdated now.

& ANALYSIS OF CHINESE CHARACTERS by Wilder and Ingram. Good, after Wieger, as far as I could see: more characters, but also more difficult to find. Like Wieger: a lot is outdated.

& TRACING THE ROOTS OF CHINESE CHARACTERS by Li Leyi. I love this one, it was my first encounter with those ancient picture-words. 'Only' 500 characters, but each one illustrated. Click here for an example page.

& Ax-S Many examples from old texts, how the old characters were used: A DICTIONARY OF EARLY ZHOU CHINESE by Axel Schuessler. Huge, very accurate and complete. Click here for an example page.

F  ZHONGWEN: a great site with an online dictionary, where you can click on a Chinese character and get its meaning (pictures, so no font on your own computer is needed). Also classical Chinese reading materials at "http://zhongwen.com/gudian.htm", the Confucian readings at "http://zhongwen.com/rujia.htm" or the main individual readings such as the Tao Te Ching at "http://zhongwen.com/dao.htm", the Art of War at "http://zhongwen.com/bingfa.htm", Tang Poems at "http://zhongwen.com/tangshi.htm", the Chinese Chat site at "http://zhongwen.com/chat.htm", the Chinese Character FAQ at "http://zhongwen.com/faq.htm"


& F-E Far-East Chinese English Dictionary. In this website referred to as 'F-E.123', the number is the entry.

& [M] Mathew's Chinese English Dictionary. In this website referred to as '[M.123]', the number is the entry.

& CHINESE SYMBOLISM AND ART MOTIFS by C.A.S.Williams. ISBN 0-8048-1568-0 Tuttle comp. Japan

&  The Penguin DICTIONARY OF SYMBOLS. Jean Chevalier and Alain Cheerbrant, transl. John Buchanan. 1996 ISBN 0-14-051254-3

&  A DICTIONARY OF CHINESE SYMBOLS Wolfram Eberhard. Diederichs Verlag (German, 1983), Routledge 1995, ISBN 0-415-00228-1 


&  Richard Kunst, THE ORIGINAL YIJING. DISSERTATION 1985. Very good, with concordance. A must for everyone who wants to know about the Yi, or who wants to translate himself. Obtainable at same address as next one (Shaughnessy's)

&  Edward Shaughnessy, THE COMPOSITION OF THE 'ZHOU-YI'. Dissertation 1983. University Microfilms International. 300 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, USA (not all hexagrams)

&  Very good: Richard Rutt, ZHOUYI, the book of changes. Loaded with information, good translation, Wings also included, searched for the old meanings (like Kunst), and tried to make a text like the original Yi might have been: with rhymed folk-wisdom. A page about the bagua.
Published in England (Curzon), so extra expensive because the pound went up. Outside of England probably best ordered through Amazon.com. ISBN 0-70007-0467-1

& A very 'Chinese' one: Hua-Ching Ni, THE BOOK OF CHANGES AND THE UNCHANGING TRUTH. Traditional, with a lot of information about constellations, stems and branches, cycles, and with every hexagram guidance for marriage, looking for something lost, climate and so on. ISBN 0-937064-29-7 Some charts from his book: HERE


&  Edward Shaughnessy, BEFORE CONFUCIUS. 1997, State Univ. of New York. ISBN 0-7914-3378-1 Lots of information on old texts, not easy.

&  Richard Bertschinger THE SECRET OF EVERLASTING LIFE, translation of CanDong Qi, a text of the 2nd century on transformation and immortality. Good! Taoist meditation methods. Element Books, ISBN 1-85230-568-1

&  Carol Anthony wrote several books about the I Ching. All based on Wilhelm, but with very valuable ideas, although restricted to her own views. She has a website at www.ichingoracle.com/index.html 
Books: Guide to the I Ching; Love, an Inner Connection; The Other Way : A Book of Meditation; The Philosophy of the I Ching; and coming soon www.ichingoracle.com/new.html I CHING: updated and edited by Carol K. Anthony and Hanna Moog.

&&&&  Searching for an out of print I Ching - or any other book? On this site you find all the addresses. Fill in author and/or title just once and search them all in minutes. A super-site, deserves an award! www.trussel.com/f_books.htm 

&  THE INVISIBLE LANDSCAPE, MIND, Hallucinogens and the I CHING, by Terrence & Dennis McKenna, (published in 1975, update in 1993) in which they present a very credible version of "what King Wen may have done" to formulate his Sequence. Information

&  'Magick, shamanism and Taoism', The I Ching in Ritual and Meditation by Richard Herne, Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul MN, 2001, 346 p., ISBN 1-56718-207-0 An excellent review by Michelle Moruud HERE